The Academy of British Cover Design (ABCD) last week (5th March) revealed the winners of its second cover design competition. Headed by publication designers Jamie Keenan and Jon Gray, ABCD operates an inclusive policy for its awards; art directors from 10 publishing houses choose six jackets to be shortlisted in 10 categories, with the winners in each category picked by attendees on the ABCD awards night.
This year’s winning titles were: Chris Haughton’s Shh! We Have a Plan (Walker; Children’s winner); Susan Bernofsky’s translation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis (W W Norton; Classics/Reissues); Benjamin Black’s The Black-Eyed Blonde (Mantle; Crime/Thriller); Alan Wall’s Badmouth (Harbour Books; Literary Fiction); Nick Harkaway’s Tigerman (William Heinemann; Mass-Market); Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty More (Ebury; Non-Fiction); Simon Ings’ Wolves (Gollancz; Sci-fi/Fantasy and one of the group of Ings titles that combined to win the Series award); Miriam Toews’ All My Puny Sorrows (Faber) and Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites (Picador) shared the Women’s Fiction gong; while Tom Hoyle’s Spiders (Macmillan Children’s) won in Young Adult.
Keenan and Gray said they created ABCD because “book cover design is slightly different to the bulk of graphic design. We have to use quotes and make them large, we have to mention prizes, shortlists, authors’ previous books. There is a lot of information to be conveyed in a small space. Managing that and still creating something new is difficult. Getting that through a publishing house, an author, an agent and a supermarket is even harder. So we decided to set up awards voted for by fellow cover designers: the people who know the restrictions
that the work is created under. They appreciate the details that make one thriller cover better than another, or a children’s cover break out
of its genre.”
Covers produced by UK-based designers for any book published in 2014 were eligible for consideration, as was artwork created for e-books. For a full list of the shortlisted titles, visit www.abcoverd.co.uk.